Programme Manager for Digital

Friends of Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 11

Position description

We are looking for a full time Programme Manager to manage Friends of Europe’s work on digitalisation, which helps think through the implications of the digital revolution, bringing together a wide range of stakeholder and community perspectives and experiences to play a role in shaping policy thinking and developments. We work across policy areas, taking a whole society, whole economy approach to ensure that digital is a force for good and that citizens are empowered to navigate a digital 21st century. The Programme Manager will play a key role in growing and developing this work.


Overall responsibility

The Programme Manager will have central responsibility for contributing to the overall programming of our work on digitalisation.

Key responsibilities

  • Keeping abreast of policy developments in the domain of digitalisation in Europe and beyond, and identifying opportunities to add value, innovate, and build opportunities to enhance Friends of Europe’s reputation;
  • Developing, coordinating and delivering multiple projects – including deliverables of Friends of Europe’s newly established Connected Europe platform, exploring how industry and policymakers can better work together to boost Europe’s connectivity and foster a digital transformation that is both sustainable and fair and will help to build resilient economies and societies in Europe. Activities will include debates, working groups, surveys, policy briefings and analyses with the support of the Senior Manager and Senior Fellow;
  • Proactively developing Friends of Europe’s emerging work on space, including by seeking and identifying opportunities to build partnerships and engage in outreach;
  • Championing this programme by involving and maintaining effective communication with peers, stakeholders and the wider business community to ensure engagement, support and delivery of programme outcomes;
  • Ensuring that all activities undertaken within the framework of this programme are designed with the aim of tackling inequalities and promoting gender equality and inclusion;
  • Ensuring appropriate governance, controls and correct procedures to manage all programme-level risks;
  • Ensuring effective monitoring and gathering of contents and data which can capture and communicate impact;
  • Promoting the impact and value of your work by defining a set of key messages/lessons learnt to share widely and to promote the work of Friends of Europe;
  • Supporting the outreach and engagement dimension of all digital-related projects and supporting overall partnership development;
  • Additional responsibilities and tasks commensurate with this position as required by the organisation.


Education, experience & knowledge

  • Relevant university degree (European or international studies with added value considered for knowledge and expertise relating to digital and space issues);
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in policy analysis and project management;
  • A good understanding of the political environment in Europe today and of EU institutions;
  • An interest in working for a think tank and commitment to the work of the non-profit and civil society sectors;
  • Research experience combined with good analytical skills.

Behavioural competencies & skills

  • Fluency in spoken and written English; other languages are an asset;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and ability to make complex topics accessible and relevant to different audiences;
  • Excellent organisational skills as well as the ability to prioritise and work independently;
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills for working in a small, multi-cultural team;
  • A highly-motivated, creative and enthusiastic personality;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools.

This position is only open to nationals of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland, and to non-EU nationals in possession of a valid work permit.

Candidates must be legally and permanently allowed to work in Belgium (no assistance provided to obtain a visa or work permit).

Application instructions

The position is to start as soon as possible and will be based in Brussels.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter – each no more than 1 page – indicating the position and your surname in the subject line.

Please use the following subject line: “YOUR NAME SURNAME – DIG Programme Manager”

The closing date for applications is 22 November, 2020 at midnight CEST.

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on